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Welcome from the Chief

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D.Welcome to the Division of Geriatrics & Aging! Our nationally recognized Division serves as the academic home to over 40 interprofessional faculty members. Formally established as a division in 2008, Geriatrics has had a strong presence at the University of Rochester and nationally for the past 50 years. Under the leadership of nationally esteemed geriatricians including T. Franklin Williams MD, Paul Katz MD, William Hall MD and Robert McCann MD, the University of Rochester Division of Geriatrics & Aging has advanced the care of older adults in our community, nationally and internationally.  In our Division, we proudly assert that "all roads in Geriatrics lead to Rochester" as we have trained or supported the development of many of the nation's leaders in Geriatrics.

Our Division providers currently care for thousands of older adults each year spanning multiple care sites, including outpatient primary care, acute, post-acute, hospice & palliative care, home care, and long-term care. At the University of Rochester, our shared philosophy of holistic, individualized, and evidence based care produces high quality outcomes across the care continuum. Read about our mission and vision.

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D.
Chief, Division of Geriatrics & Aging


Contact the Division

(585) 760-6354


Special Message to Our Patients and Families

As we proceed through the unprecedented times of COVID-19, we have made many efforts to ensure that we continue to provide care to some of the region’s most vulnerable patients. Our faculty and staff remain committed to supporting the needs of our patients and our team. We realize that the pandemic has presented many challenges, but we choose to realize every new day as an opportunity to provide a solution to the challenges that arise.

The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center is meeting these challenges by providing online educational opportunities:

  • Community Wide Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds will resume live via Zoom
  • The Older Adults and Opioids webinar series concludes with two sessions (schedule, PDF download)
  • Weekly Virtual Dementia Education Series for Health Care Providers live via Zoom (calendar, PDF download)
  • Project ECHO sessions have been reoriented for the next few weeks to provide support in isolation in collaboration with our colleagues in psychiatry, marriage/family therapy, and psychology
  • Self-paced online modules on 14 topics relevant to geriatric practice

In-person conferences will resume once it is safe to do so.  Until then, we hope that you will stay healthy and join us at these virtual opportunities.

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Congratulations to Dr. Medina-Walpole as New President of the American Geriatrics Society!

Annette Medina-Walpole, MDAs we continue to navigate the challenges and obstacles of COVID-19, Dr. Annette (Annie) Medina-Walpole instills confidence and passion into those that she leads. Over the next year, Annie will lead The American Geriatrics Society as the incoming President carrying a simple message… “We’re Here With You!” Annie’s leadership and support will be felt across the nation. While we are certainly proceeding through unprecedented times, Annie recognizes the need for continued focus on our mission-driven efforts today that will surely lead us to a brighter tomorrow.  While these times are trying, no challenge is too big for Annie and her team.

Dr. Jennifer Muniak Receives Award from Health Resources and Services Administration

April 28, 2020

Jennifer Muniak, MDJennifer Muniak, M.D. is a proud recipient of the Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA), one of only 26 awardees nationally by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The mission of the GACA programs is to support the development of early-career faculty and provide training in Geriatrics to the healthcare workforce.

Dr. Muniak's project is entitled "Addressing the Needs of an Interprofessional Workforce by Championing an Age Friendly Health System." She is developing innovative geriatrics curriculum that utilizes models of the Age Friendly Health System, and is utilizing an array of educational platforms to reach learners both within the University of Rochester and partner institutions as well as regional partners via Project ECHO (R). In parallel, Dr. Muniak is pursuing education and training to develop as a leader in the field of Geriatrics. She will be will be mentored by Dr. Suzanne Gillespie, who is a past GACA award recipient and Associate Professor in the division of Geriatrics and Aging.